Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Wherein I ramble on about stuff with respect to smartness and junk.

I'm not feeling particularly charitable towards the disadvantaged these days. Not poor or handicapped or minorities. We're good. Me and poor, handicapped minorities. I mean ignorant people. People that parrot talk radio, people that speed on my 25 mph street, people that pick up something from the produce department that they later decide against buying and leave it on the shelf in the bakery. Lazy people. Inconsiderate people. I'm not forgiving and I swear at them. I shake my virtual fist at them. If I had their audience, I would say, "You. You're fired. Pick up your things and go elsewhere and don't bother asking for a reference."

Mostly because of the election. I just can't abide by the uninformed lazy voter. Sure, disagree with me, but don't rely on the hackneyed lies and innuendo you read on your mechanic's blog.

Last night Jim and I were discussing stupidity (i.e. ignorant, uninformed, carelessness). I said, "What if you were wrongly accused of some kind of complicated crime. Bank fraud or patent infringement on a registered process, and you had to pick 12 peers that would judge you based on technical and complicated evidence. And also you were a racial minority. Or poor, or super rich, but still innocent. Where do you wish you were? What pool of people would you feel most comfortable judging your innocence or guilt in the face of mind-boggling evidence? We decided New York. Both of us. So I guess I'm saying stupidity, as defined earlier, tends to be a result of a sheltered existence, where you get your news from the radio or from your uncle the tire shop owner. To be smart, you need to have experienced... stuff. Right. Stuff, you know?


Blogger Imez said...

Geography would make a difference? Would make them less set in there pre-formed opinions? Or their mental laziness?

People in New York don't even learn to drive.

You'd have the same selection of halfwits, they'd just be goombahs and Long Island girls instead of rednecks.

(Do you put dairy products back when you see them on the bread shelf? I don't but I think "what a savage."

10/07/2008 9:21 PM  
Blogger Imez said...

By the way, some of your blog links don't go anywhere. I couldn't get that Esereth one to work. Pity.

ps It's all the rage to get rid of word verification, ya'know.

10/07/2008 9:22 PM  
Blogger meno said...

i would like to agree with you, that somewhere in theis country were smart informed people.

I would really like to think that's true.

But i don't know.

10/07/2008 10:01 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

I've given up on our electorate ever being informed. The reason why the candidates turn towards invective is because it works. People don't see beyond the smear, the lies, and base their votes on it. I don't know if it's because their lazy or truly at heart 5th graders trading "did so" and "did not"s all the way to the polling booth.

I had hoped last night's forum would draw out more nuanced answers to the issues, but it was immediately apparent it was just another talking points fest. I turned it off.

10/08/2008 6:17 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Yeah, stuff, totally. Even in New York, though, the thought of facing a jury of my "peers" is still terrifying.

10/08/2008 8:32 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Geography would make a difference, only in that high-density populations have a greater chance of combating ignorance, as far as I'm concerned. We considered Portland, as a highly-educated populace, but Portlanders seem to have less experience with minorities and strong views against wealth. There was/is no perfect answer, and I could be convinced otherwise... but New York stands for now.

I know - that Esereth chick was cool, but I lost touch... Now I feel like the whole blogroll things is one aspect of blogging that I'd like to ignore. I read many blogs regularly and many intermittently, and assigning them spots on a blogroll seems like a kind of value judgement. So I just pretend that the right half of my page doesn't exist any more.

Meno, I don't think there is a smart informed oasis, but if you had to randomly pick 12 people out of a population to make an informed decision, where would that location be?

Bob, that was exactly my thought on the debate. In fact, to be truly critical of the candidates at this point, we should, in part, be looking at what kind of advisors they're surrounding themselves with - what would their cabinate look like, you know?

10/08/2008 9:00 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Arabella, it's something I try not to dwell on, given the relatively slim chance I will accused of patent infringement or bank fraud.

10/08/2008 9:06 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

I have been curious about who's been advising them, except I expect I wouldn't know who half of them are.

(I hate misspelling a word, their instead of they're - but I know you'll cut me a break this time)

10/09/2008 9:38 AM  
Blogger Feral Mom said...

Good question. I am torn between Los Angeles (I know) and Iowa (I KNOW!) Yes, there are stupid people everywhere, but the Angelenos seem to only want to be entertained and waxed--after they've got that covered, they might be ready to serve on our jury and be fairly even handed and open-minded. It's Cali, after all.

As for Iowans--well, many are provincial, but they pride themselves on being fair.

"And we're so by. god. stubborn. we could stand touching noses for a week at a time and never see eye to eye."

So, you know, if worse came to worst, at least the Iowa jury would stand a good chance of being hung.

10/11/2008 9:31 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

I'm beginning to think Florida is stupid/ignorant capital. I definitely wouldn't want to be judged by anyone here.

10/13/2008 6:48 AM  

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